Saw My First Wingsail In Person Today

Today I dropped by the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center to borrow some race marks and anchors for the upcoming Sun Cat National Championship Regatta this weekend, and as I drove up I noticed that the truck in front of me had a couple of wing … [Read more...]

Welcome to the WordPress Tropical Boating!

After a great deal of work by Tropical Web Works and some editorial skimming by me, we are happy to announce the transition of Tropical Boating to the WordPress platform. The change will make it easier to find related content on the site, will enable … [Read more...]

Caught By Another Thunderstorm

Launching At Ponce Park Afternoon Sail Ends With Thunderstorm It started out so nice! Our plan for the afternoon of August 6, 2011, was to take an evening sail on Charlotte Harbor from 5 pm until about 7, leaving plenty of time to get the boat … [Read more...]

Installing a Boomkicker® K0750 on a Com-Pac Sun Cat

Sun Cat Cattitude Catboat Willie and I went over to Laishley Park Marina to help our friend Craig put his new Boomkicker® K0750 on his Com-Pac Sun Cat, Cattitude. I had previously installed a couple of Boomkicker 400s on Precision 185 sailboats, so … [Read more...]

A Sun Shade for my Com-Pac Sun Cat Sailboat

I dug the 6 holes, each one a fair amount bigger than the concrete block that would fill it. I want to build a pole barn to house my boat collection. I like to keep them all out of the sun and covered, but our Com-Pac Sun Cat had no shelter while … [Read more...]

The Com-Pac Sun Cat: A Review

The Sun Cat is a delight to launch and rig — plus easy to sail, and comfortable, too! The cockpit in the Sun Cat is surprisingly roomy for a small sailboat. The hinged mast makes it easy and fast to rig — The Sun Cat's main boom, gaff … [Read more...]

Wax or PoliGlow on Blue Boat Topsides

Click any picture to enlarge Compound/Wax vs PoliGlow to Shine & Protect Dark Colored Hull Topsides Making our Com-Pac Sun Cat shiny and easy to clean The original owner had waxed the hull of our Com-Pac Sun Cat, the Wily Conch, twice a … [Read more...]

Replacing a Broken Gaff Boom Cap

Click any picture to enlargeI left the boat business, but it did not leave me!This is Joe and his Com-Pac Sun Cat, when I went to his house a few days ago to investigate a broken gaff boom. When I worked at a Com-Pac dealership, it was my job to mess … [Read more...]

Sailing the Sun Cat with Puppies 2010

Com-Pac Sun Cat sailing with Tom & Sonja bringing along Libby the Junkyard Dog and Luke the Cowdog Motoring the Suncat under the bridge with puppies on guard duty. After a cold winter during which we had few opportunities to sail our Com-Pac … [Read more...]

Modifying my Sun Cat’s Rigging

Attention Catboat Sailors Catboat sailors of all kinds can download and enjoy this Catboat Sailing Manual, filled with information about catboat sailing techniques and specifics about certain Com-Pac and Marshall catboats: Catboat Sailing Manual … [Read more...]